Microsoft today released the first preview for .NET 6 which unites and combines .NET 5, the classic .NET Framework, .NET Core and Mono/Xamarin into one package. It is expected to bring tons of improvements for cloud, desktop, and mobile apps.
Earlier at Build 2019, Microsoft announced the next major version of their .NET Framework, .NET 5.0. It is a cross-platform product and will be able to target Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, tvOS, watchOS and WebAssembly, and more.
Windows 10 comes with .NET framework 4.5 pre-installed, but many apps developed in Vista and Windows 7 era require the .NET framework v3.5 installed along with 4.5. These apps will not run unless you will install the required version. Starting with Windows 10 version 1809 and Windows Server 2019, Microsoft considers the .NET Framework as a standalone product even though it ships with the operating system. It is on a different release and support schedule. The company has announced the End of Support date for version 3.5 of the product.
As you may already know, you may have different .NET framework versions installed simultaneously. Many modern apps are built with .NET, so certain apps may require a specific .NET version. Without the proper .NET version, the app may run with issues or just won't start. Here are a number of ways to find which .NET framework versions you have installed.
The Microsoft Connect(); // 2016 developers event happened this Wednesday and some interesting announcements were made there. One of them is that Google is now a member of the .NET Foundation and will expand .NET support in its services, including the Google Cloud Platform. Google has already been one of the most active contributors even before joining the .NET Foundation for the past two years and now will be more involved in developing the future of .NET.